The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has had the assistance of executive director Phil Wallis for several years. He helped make the transition happen to the larger, historic campus of our old marine hospital on the hill right here in Vineyard Haven. We thank Phil for his work and wish him well as he moves on to other endeavors. Fair winds.

So much change in the air. The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center has decided this is not the time to reopen. The directors have decided in favor of caution and the building will remain closed for summer. But there are some wonderful classes, Shabbat services and talks available by Zoom.

In another sad change, Nancy Aronie of the Chilmark Writers Workshop is suspending all her summer season programs. Stay tuned because this writing soul always has great plans for us.

Speaking of our Island writers, the prolific Thomas Dresser has a new book out: The Rise of Tourism on Martha’s Vineyard, published by the History Press. I look forward to his virtual book talks on this.

Our library commenced book returns on June 8. Contactless book pickup starts June 15.

There are always inspiring moments. Rahul Dabey of Washington, D.C. is my new hero. He sheltered approximately 70 peaceful protesters overnight in his home last week. What compassion.

And our hospital held a Black Lives Matter kneel in last week. It was a sign of how committed we are to correct these wrongs.

My dear friend, the beautiful Jasmine Reed Reis, passed away last week. She was 29 years old. Our condolences to her family and many friends. I shall miss her bright smile and cheery greetings. I shall miss this beautiful soul.

Get well wishes go out to Peter Sawyer and Charlie Murphy. Both are out of hospital and recovering at home.

The birthday bandwagon pulled along Jacqueline Belleville and Robin Whitley O’Donnell on June 6. My young friend, Brycen, turned seven on June 7. And on June 8 Wendy Fitting, Miles Gross, David Alan Friedman, Susanna Sturgis and Ida Bailey took the cake. Many happy returns.